SHOW ROOM presents…

Tom Shannon: Nothing

May 9 - June 9
Opening reception Thursday, May 9th, 6 - 8 PM

SHOW ROOM is proud to announce the exhibition Nothing by Tom Shannon.

Employing hidden mechanisms, magnets, and motion in his sculptures, Tom Shannon explores the ways of the natural world. While underlining the fundamental conditions—gravity, weight, location, time—the works embody long study and share vast insight in a collection of deceptively simple motions.

In Shannon’s Fing, a 14’ beam of fiberboard spins on a steel rod, while a 9’ wooden spiral rocks inside it. In the center of the room, Nothing, a vacant cube of striped wooden slats, shifts on its axes, loosening and tightening its angles to alter the viewer’s perception. Floating Painting, a sky-blue square turns and revolves as if levitating. In Shannon’s Relativity Clock, a clock is rotated one revolution-per-minute counter-clockwise, thus canceling the one revolution-per-minute clockwise motion of the clock's second hand. The hand moves through time but not through space. Airfield alignsa set of hundreds of red spheres in a lattice pattern, lit by ambient light and swayed by air currents.

Accompanying these new pieces are three earlier works, a wall-drawing, sculpture, and painting, that show the precedents in Shannon’s oeuvre.

On Nothing, Shannon writes:

The space around things, between things, under things has always played an important role in configuring my work. Space is breathing room but not empty, since air space is invisibly full of atoms, water vapor, microbes, electric charge, photons, magnetism, radiation, sound...

Even the perfect black vacuum of space between the stars, the largest feature of our existence, is not empty; it's teeming with waves emitted by all the things. In the endless search through space for nothing, nothing has been found or not found. Not surprisingly, since nothing has, by definition, never been seen or sensed in anyway.

As an artist Tom Shannon has experimented in painting, sculpture, and architecture, and also holds several patents for his innovations. In 1968, Pontus Hultén included Shannon’s work in the Museum of Modern Artexhibition The Machine as Seen at the End of the Mechanical Age. A year later Shannon was awarded first prize at the 72nd annual exhibition at the Art Institute of Chicago. His work has been displayed in the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Whitney Museum, New York; P.S. 1, New York; the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam; the Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris; the Musée d’Art Moderne, Paris; and the Detroit Institute of Fine Art. He has been included as well in the biennials of Venice, Sao Paolo, and Lyon.